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Libraries NI needs to keep vital Killyleagh facility

Having attended the official opening of the Co Down Historical Collections in Downpatrick Library yesterday, it was interesting to note the distinguished guest speaker, Dr Maurice Hayes, referring to the threatened closure of Killyleagh Library.

The closure of a library is a big loss to the social fabric of any of our communities.

Killyleagh rightly deserves to maintain its library and I would appeal to the board of Libraries NI not to ride roughshod over the wishes of the local community of Killyleagh.

Whilst I respect the need for Libraries NI to review their libraries portfolio, I hope that Killyleagh continues to have a library.

Libraries NI needs to realise that libraries still play an important part in local rural towns and villages, and therefore Killyleagh should continue to have a library.

Whilst the new Heritage collection of Co Down historical archive material and books has now been rehoused in Downpatrick Library from the former Ballyahinch Library Headquarters, I hope Killyleagh does not become a similar casualty to that of Ballynahinch Library, which was closed.

Patrick Clarke

Dundrum

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